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LG Imbroglio: the Ruiz Factor

LG Imbroglio: the Ruiz Factor

Sources in Essex and Hudson counties continue to identify state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29), Newark, as the most likely candidate for lieutenant governor based on the budding regional contenders for the office of governor.

At this moment, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) of South Jersey and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop of Hudson County are vying in the backrooms of party power for a statewide upper-hand.

A woman, a Latina and longtime loyal attaché to the party, Ruiz fits both tickets.

And powerful Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo – intent on protecting his sphere of influence as he seeks to back a winner in the volatile Newark Mayor’s race - knows that.

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Why Chris Christie Should Thank the Pope

 

(2-4-14) Why Chris Christie Should Thank the Pope - Is Governor Chris Christie a convincing pathological lier or just a bad manager victimized by his staff in the climate of self-righteousness he created?

 

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Now's the time to tax, regulate and legalize marijuana for personal use in New Jersey

(Trenton, NJ)--Each year New Jersey sends about 22,000 people to jail for smoking pot.  Waging such a punitive drug policy  is costly: annually we spend $127,000,000 clogging up our jails and legal system in the name of marijuana prohibition.  

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Chris Christie's Glass Jaw

If you're a fan of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Rush Limbaugh or (ironically) Barack Obama, this post is for you!

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The power of power: Rice grouses about DiVincenzo but backs Jones for chair in Essex

The power of power: Rice grouses about DiVincenzo but backs Jones for chair in Essex

WEST ORANGE – State Sen. Ronald Rice (D-28) paced in the wings of the West Orange High School cafeteria with pen in hand, jotting 11th hour words on a scrap of paper, amid rumors of a coming Joe DiVincenzo-dress down.

He was a few speakers removed from his moment at the microphone.

The most memorable political productions attributed to Steve Adubato, Sr. over the years have a ring of grandeur and symbolic suggestion somewhere on the order of the best Broadway renditions of Titus Andronicus.

Today bore some of that dramatic allusion, as the Essex County Democratic Committee regrouped following the general election to anoint a new chairman to succeed the late Phil Thigpen, a loyal Democrat who died at 87 amid optics of the most powerful countywide elected official in Democrat-powerful Essex campaigning with Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

That would be Essex County Executive DiVincenzo, who appeared today along with the other stars of the party, including U.S. Senator Cory Booker, U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10), state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29), state Sen. Nia Gill (D-34), Assemblywoman (and former Speaker) Sheila Oliver (D-34), Assemblyman Tom Giblin (D-34), and Rice, in a brace of party district leaders anchored by the proud East Orange contingent here to affirm the organization’s new chairman, Leroy Jones of East Orange.

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Barbara Buono’s Loss at the Polls Is Still a Victory for Women

(11-13-13) Barbara Buono’s Loss at the Polls Is Still a Victory for Women - While Governor Chis Christie is the focus of national attention for his win last week, the achievement of Barbara Buono cannot be understated.

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Monmouth U Poll: Christie leads Buono 57-37%

Monmouth U Poll: Christie leads Buono 57-37%

Chris Christie enters the final stretch of his gubernatorial re-election bid with a 20-point lead in today's Monmouth University Poll.  The minimum wage hike is also set to pass, with most voters not being bothered by the fact that future increases will be written into the New Jersey Constitution.

Garden State voters likely to participate in the November election give Christie a 57% to 37% lead over state Sen. Barbara Buono.  The incumbent’s margin is down slightly from 24 points three weeks ago, but is similar to the 19- to 20-point leads in prior Monmouth University polls since August.

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Christie: America will see people uniting, coming together to vote for a single person

Christie: America will see people uniting, coming together to vote for a single person

BRIDGEWATER - Gov. Chris Christie said the one thing that worries him ahead of Tuesday's election is the overconfidence of his supporters who look to 2016, and yet in his speech this morning to launch the day's bus tour four days before Election Day, Christie admitted New Jersey has the country's attention.

"America's watching Tuesday night," said the governor, who leads his Democratic opponent 59-40%, according to this week's Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll. "This is not a typical election. They will see Republicans, Independents and Democrats uniting, coming together to vote for the same person; African Americans and Hispanics coming together to vote for the same person. They're going to see our state brought together like it's never been brought together before, and they are going to see the example from here to make the United States great again."

A parking lot crowd roared approval as it observed the governor's wife Mary Pat and former Acting U.S. Senator (and former Attorney General) Jeff Chiesa of Branchburg, exit the Christie campaign bus and unite behind the candidate at his campaign headquarters here on Route 22.

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Giuliani on Christie presidential bid: 'Of course he can win'

Giuliani on Christie presidential bid: 'Of course he can win'

RUTHERFORD - The rain receded Friday before Gov. Chris Christie rolled into Rutherford for a campaign stop.

His wingman on his Bergen County trip: former New York City Mayor and 2008 United States Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani.

Their goal: to rain down retribution on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono just five days before the Nov. 5th election.

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What will happen to Silva? Statewide consolation or Democratic Party renegade

What will happen to Silva? Statewide consolation or Democratic Party renegade

Insiders are talking about Milly Silva and her future with the Democratic Party.

Plucked from relative obscurity, the candidate found arguably a greater degree of it as the ticket mate of a gubernatorial nominee running 30 points behind Gov. Chris Christie.

But the vice president from SEIU Local 1199 still persuaded more than dissuaded observers of her value, and there’s buzz about her future in the event that Buono, as the polls predict, fails in her bid for governor next week.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, two Republican sources said they thought Silva gonged Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in the LG candidates’ lone debate, for example. “Did you see that?” one of the GOP sources asked.

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The Back Room

Daily News: PVSC still a patronage cesspool

Despite Gov. Chris Christie's much-covered intevention and rearrangement of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) four years ago, the place is still a mess, according to a story in the Daily News.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 21, 2014

The Political Passion of Paterson: Goow campaigns in the 4th, Pascrell to vote for Sayegh, Torres backers party at MakaoPATERSON – That most pagan rite of NJ politics rages on the day before Easter here, on the day before the death of Paterson boxing legend Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, on...

Op-Ed

How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

Contributors

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This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »
Watching Governor Chris Christie's shocking BridgeGate implosion, it's easy to forget the time when he truly seemed unstoppable.  Blessed with incredible political gifts and a Jersey bluster to match,... more »

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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